An important part of the Crusaders' success in shutting down powerful offenses has been senior goalkeeper Matt Salsman. Salsman, a Selinsgrove graduate, has started every game this season for Susquehanna, providing a steady presence in net while becoming a team leader.
Salsman ranks 14th nationally in Division III with a goals-against average of 0.44, along with six shutouts.
A first-year starter, Salsman has made the most of his opportunity to start and leads the conference in goals-against average with an average of 0.48 in conference play.
"If (our defense) makes a mistake, he's there to help clean it up," said Findlay. "He's been a pleasant surprise for us this season in the way he's played. He's really stepped up his game as a senior."
As a local product, Salsman said that the ability to have his family and friends watch him has been important.
"It means everything," said Salsman. "I couldn't do it without them. I love to see them at the games."
According to Findlay, Salsman's play has allowed the offense to attack quicker, enhancing the strength of sophomore midfielder David Trank, who leads the Crusaders with five goals.
"Athletically, he's one of our most talented kids," said Findlay "You just kind of get into a rhythm and you start to 'feel it.'"
Trank scored two goals in an overtime win over Franklin & Marshall on Oct. 10 and added a second-half goal on Saturday.
Midfielders John Arnold and Andrew Hayes have provided the Crusaders with experienced scoring options who know how to play in pressure situations Arnold, a senior, and Hayes, a junior, both scored on Saturday and are tied for second on the team with four goals each.